CAMDEN/BELFAST — Poet Jeffrey Bean comes to Maine to read at the Page Gallery, 23 Bay View St., Camden, Tuesday, July 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. and Waterfall Arts, 256 High St., Belfast, Wednesday, July 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Bean was selected by distinguished poet Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2022 Poetry Chapbook Contest sponsored by The Poets Corner and Maine Media Workshops & College. Bean will read from his winning chapbook, “Ella’s Plan.”

Nye selected “Ella’s Plan,” saying “I could not look away from these magical poems.”

Naomi Shihab Nye

Nye writes, “‘Ella’s Plan’ is mesmerizing, embodying the real presence of an imaginative, eccentric, tender daydreamer-child. I felt riveted by the series of exquisite poems with such potent, occasionally chilling (as in the unforgettable poem ‘Truths’ about an abusive babysitter) images. I could not look away from these magical poems. I felt I had known and treasured this child all my life, but never read this much about her before. I felt these poems rising out of deepest understanding and care for the outcast, the wayward creative. I adore them. There would be no way for this not to be the winner. I can imagine how utterly sensational this chapbook will be, and can’t wait to hold it in my hands.”

The evening events will also include conversation with Richard Reitz Smith, chair of the Book Arts & Design program at Maine Media Workshops + College who designed, printed and assembled the letterpress edition of “Ella’s Plan.” Copies are available at thepoetscorner.org/shop.

Bean is Professor of English/Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is the author of two chapbooks and the poetry collections “Diminished Fifth” and “Woman Putting on Pearls,” winner of the 2016 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry. His poems have been featured in the “New Poetry from the Midwest” anthologies and online at Poets.org and Verse Daily. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Colorado Review, Cherry Tree, Sugar House Review, South Dakota Review, and Poet Lore, among other journals. Learn more at jeffreybeanpoet.com.

The Poets Corner is a platform created to foster community among writers and readers of poetry and short prose. Founded by former Maine Media Workshops + College president Meg Weston and author/writing coach Kathrin Seitz, The Poets Corner hosts virtual readings on the second Sunday of each month.